Goings On at VAVRA Harp ~

This is intended to be a knowledge sharing forum, a group workbench for asking questions and sharing ideas that spark creativity.  Ultimately, we will build better harps and harps make the world a more beautiful place!

If you're anything like me, you'll tend to get excited about the physics of it all.  I agree that harps are truly a scientific wonder, offering an opportunity to study mechanics, statics, dynamics, string vibration, fluid dynamics, and even metallurgy.  You can get into it as deeply as you're comfortable with.  Or, you can accept it as is and enjoy the sound, sight, and touch of a beautifully crafted instrument.  The woodworking skills required to render a working harp can be challenging to some.  As you continuously sharpen your tools, you may learn that faith is the stone upon which patience is honed.   Probably works for all virtues!

 I honestly believe that the more teachers you have, the wider your band width is.  So, participate and listen, hang onto the good ideas and sort out the stuff that doesn't work.  Your collection of little pieces of info from  here and there will accumulate to become a far greater resource than everything from a limited number of sources.  The point is that it's easier to listen then ignore than it is to argue.  Questions about how to solve construction issues, discussion about what works and what doesn't, sources of good information, and bad...  Just keep focused on harps and don't be afraid to get in there - your experiences may help someone or save them a lot of grief and that's what it's all about.
I build harps in Upstate South Carolina and am fascinated by the physics involved as well as the woodworking skills required to render a working instrument. My goal, probably like yours, is to craft a harp that will sound as good 300  years after it was finished.             

Ha!  On we go...